This blog post was written by MCA Board Member Pam Day and originally appeared in December 14, 2017 edition of the Bangor Daily News. Read the full op-ed here. With responsible planning and smart investing today, our state can prosper now and into the future. This is especially true when it comes to our children … More BDN: Maine families deserve better than Congress’ flawed tax bills
In Maine, we know the value of our children and families. Maine children are our future workers, leaders and parents. As a result, we need a tax plan that is going to make smart investments in hardworking Maine children and families and the future of our state. However, the Senate is set to vote this … More The Senate Tax Plan Misses the Mark.
Letter to the editor by MCA Board Member Margaret Leitch Copeland. Read the original letter published in the Bangor Daily News July 17, 2015. I applaud Gary Laweryson for his July 8 BDN OpEd, which highlighted how the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit boost the financial security of veterans and service … More BDN Letter to the Editor: Tax credits reduce poverty
As April 15th comes and goes, many of us are thinking about taxes. Maine is in the middle of an important discussion about how we structure our tax system. One piece of the system for families is Maine’s child care tax credit. The cost of child care is a huge part of the budget for young … More Maine’s Child Care Tax Credit
A new report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the federal government’s official poverty measure created in the 1960s uses outdated information on how U.S. families are faring today, failing to illustrate the effect of programs designed to help them. The new KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot, Measuring Access to Opportunity in … More Public investments reduce child poverty rate
Waterville, ME – On September 6, 2014, the Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) released the Platform for Maine’s Children at the first ever Children’s Convention. Educare Central Maine, a high quality learning and development center for children birth to age five, provided an inspiring location for the event. The Children’s Platform offers a vision for how we might close the gap between … More Maine Children’s Convention
A new report released today by the National Women’s Law Center and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Raising Smart, Healthy Kids: Expanding Early Education Initiatives with Funding from the Federal Tobacco Tax, takes a detailed look at the impact of President Obama’s proposal to expand early childhood education and fund it with a 94¢ increase in the federal … More Projected benefits of President Obama’s early learning initiative